Vote First or Die: The New Hampshire Primary: America's Discerning, Magnificent, and Absurd Road to the White House (Hardcover)

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New Hampshire-a small state with a small, distinct population-is nevertheless the beacon of American democracy. Since 1920, its residents have been the first in the nation to cast their votes in the presidential primaries. History has shown that if you want to be commander in chief, you have to win, or at least place a strong second, in New Hampshire. Donald Trump bolstered the trend with his victory in 2016.
For that reason, the state is also the graveyard of political ambitions: incumbent presidents Harry Truman, Lyndon Johnson, Gerald Ford, and George H. W. Bush were all wounded by strong primary challengers in New Hampshire--and well-known, well-funded candidates see the White House disappear when they can't figure out how to win it.
For a year and a half leading up to Primary Day, Scott Conroy followed the often absurd 2016 campaign up and down New Hampshire. Along the way, he got up close and personal with the candidates themselves, while absorbing local insights and entertaining anecdotes from the peppery state officials and wily operatives who have determined national political fates for generations. From far-flung towns like Dixville Notch and Berlin to "big cities" like Manchester and Portsmouth, in Vote First or Die, Conroy reveals the inner workings of American politics through the unforgettable characters who populate the exceedingly influential state of New Hampshire.

About the Author


Scott Conroy is the co-creator and executive producer of Embeds on Verizon's Go90 platform. Previously, he worked with Vice to launch its nightly news show on HBO. He is coauthor of Sarah from Alaska and created and directed New Hampshire, a seven-part Huffington Post original documentary series about life on the 2016 trail. Follow him on Twitter: @ScottFConroy
Product Details
ISBN: 9781610395816
ISBN-10: 1610395816
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication Date: April 18th, 2017
Pages: 304
Language: English

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